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The Process: Makeup!

Jan 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Makeup for the stage...

Makeup

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Q: What makeup are you using now and what are your favorite makeup resources?

April Rose:  I'm not a makeup expert and I can barely keep up with cleaning my brushes. I learned what I do know by imitating the look of Mila Kunis on the cover of a 2010 Cosmo magazine, by getting lots of tips from the dancers around me, and by trying a new product each time until one worked. Here is a list of what I keep in my makeup bag: Tarteist Lip Paint, Too-faced Liquified Matte Lipstick, Urban Decay eyeshadow primer and Blackout eyeshadow, NYX gel liner paint pot, NYX light brown and dark purple eye shadows, Dermablend liquid foundation, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil for blending, & Cultured Pearl for highlight, Maybelline Define-a-lash mascara, and Duo dark-tone eyelash glue with fake eyelashes - and that's about all I need! 

Colette: Makeup is so much fun! Before dancing and performing I never wore much make up. But it is such an important part of the whole costume that I've had to educate myself on products and techniques. When brainstorming makeup ideas, I'll search for images, usually based on color palettes, casting the net wide as I view everything from vintage looks to makeup art, collecting ideas and noting techniques. For the troupe, I usually describe the look and let the dancers pick the specific colors or products that work best for them as we all have different coloring and skin types.

Some of my current favorite products are:

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The Community: Goals for 2018

Jan 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Goals for 2018...

 Dance Goals for 2018

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success” - Pablo Picasso

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Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is: what are your personal goals for dance in 2018?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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DO Swag Giveaway!

Dec 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM

 DO Swag Giveaway! 

DO Swag!

Share your love for Datura with the world!

We are super excited for the brand new designs available on Rachel Brice's Somewhat International Online Bazaar! Ready to rock zils in 2018? We've got Datura Dervishes for you! Want some comfy workout clothes with kickass Datura designs on them? We've got beanies, jackets, tanks, and tees for you! Need a really cute bag to take to workshops or the gym? Check out the new Datura Online bags!

And here's the best part: do you want some DO swag for free?! Well, get ready for a chance to win and share your love for Datura with the world <3!

Here's how it works:

We'll be posting pictures of our DO swag on Instagram and Facebook throughout January.

1. Repost our pictures on your Instagram, Facebook, or both with the hashtags #daturaonline and #DOswag

2. Tag @thedaturaonline and a friend in your post

3. Follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook

The DO Swag Giveaway ends on January 31st. On February 1st we'll be giving three lucky winners:

1. A DO tank

2. OR a DO long sleeve T-shirt

3. OR a DO bag

Contest Terms & Conditions:

Contest ends January 31st, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST. Winners are randomly selected and announced on February 1st, 2018. Prizes are awarded by Datura Online. No purchase necessary to enter. May repost daily. No age or residency restrictions apply. Datura Online will comply with applicable rules and regulations governing the promotion/giveaway and all prizes offered. Participants cannot inaccurately tag content or have peop...

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This Edition: Prioritizing your practice...

 Prioritizing your practice

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect” - Vince Lombardi

The Community -


Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is how do your prioritize what you want to work on in your practice?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Friday with Friends - November Round Up

Nov 29, 2017 7:13:00 AM

Friday with Friends - Our featured Friends in November!

Every Friday we share video/photos of our dance friends on our instagram page who are using DO in their dance journey! We are so proud of all of you and it warms our heart to see you all expressing your individuality and personality in this dance form we all love. 

Check out our featured friends below! And if you ever want to show us what you've been working on, just tag #daturaonline in your videos and pictures on instagram and you might be featured on our page!

@meggan007

meggan007

@bellydance_okinawa

 bellydance_okinawa

@kindlecimmerian

kindlecimmerian

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The Community: Gratitude

Nov 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Gratitude...

 Thankful

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” - Henry David Thoreau

The Community -


Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question is what are you most thankful for in your dance?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Who's Who?: Samia Gamal History Buffs

Nov 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Who's Who Challenge History Buffs! -


Congratulations to our history buff in November: Dido Victoria! She did research into the life of Umm Kalthoum and investigated how she impacted our dance form. We'll include her research and sources below so you can learn more about her as well! And if you didn't participate this month, join us for the next Who's Who challenge and you might get $5 off your next month of membership to Datura Online! Way to go Dido, we loved reading your answers!

Find out more about Samia Gamal!

1. Who was Samia Gamal? 

"Samia Gamal was one of the most famous raqs sharqi dancers of the golden age of Egyptian film, appearing in over 50 films from the 1940s to early 1960s. Born Zeinab Khalil Ibrahim Mafouz in 1924, she was fascinated by dance and particularly inspired by the dancers on the silver screen. She escaped a difficult childhood and moved to Cairo at the age of 13, dreaming of dancing in the famous Opera Casino. At the young age of 15 she was discovered at the Gamal Cafeteria by the son of the owner, who then introduced her to Badia Masabni (renowned dancer and founding owner of Opera Casino). She was trained by Badia, who renamed her Samia Gamal (as a tribute to the man who introduced them) and gave her a well paying job as a chorus dancer. After her first solo performance ended in her being booed off stage, she became even more determined and sought out private lessons with the Lebanese choreographer Isaac Dickson. She then took back to the stage and t...

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Music Theory 101: Instruments of the Takht Ensemble - The Oud

Now that we’ve covered some very basic music terminology (there will always be more terms to learn of course), let’s dive deeper into our music lessons and learn about some of the instruments you might commonly hear in your favorite classic belly dance tunes!

We’ll start by learning about the instruments of the Takht (or Takhat), which is the musical ensemble or orchestra in Middle Eastern music. Some of the instruments you might find in the Takht ensemble are the Oud, Qanun, Violin, Ney, Riq, and Darbuka. (“Takht (Music)”)


(Oud - Photo by Frank Kovalchek)

          

                     (Qanun)                                                                                  (Riq - Photo by Catrin)

                     (Ney)                                                                                                     (Darbuka)

That’s a lot of different instruments, and it’s only the beginning! Every country and region has its own special instruments and you might find that instruments have different names depending on where you travel.

So let’s tackle one instrument at a time, beginning with the Oud.

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(Syrian musicians in Aleppo with an Oud, 1915)

The Oud (ud) is derived from the Arabic word for wood: al-ud (العود). It has a pear shaped wooden frame and a short neck with 11 to 13 strings and no frets, which gives it a very distinct sound. (Parfitt) You can find the Oud used in “Persian, Greek, Turkish, Byzantine, Arabia...

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Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway Winners

Nov 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

 Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway Winners! 

Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway Winners

Photo of April Rose by Anna Harff. 

Makeup skills on point!

We have winners for our Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway! You all SLAYED us with your looks! We want to keep seeing your creative skills, both in dance AND makeup. Congratulations to @sarahreneesmith, @elizabeth_medina_dance, and @alchemymakeupartistry, you've won some presents from us. Check out everyone's stellar makeup skills on Facebook and Instagram by typing in #daturaonline and let us know if you want more giveaways in the future!

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Who's Who?: Samia Gamal

Oct 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Who's Who Challenge! -


It's time again for another Who's Who Challenge! Members: if you answer our questions in the DO blog AND cite your sources, you'll get $5 off your next month of membership!

The Rules:

1. We give you a historical figure or event to research and you have a few questions to answer about the historical figure or event in order to complete your challenge. Post your answer in the comments below!

2. You can use the internet, books, DVDs, magazines and journals, etc. to do your research. In order to win the challenge and get $5 off your membership, you must already have a membership to Datura Online and you MUST cite your sources using MLA citations (Brush up on your citation skills here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ or use this handy dandy tool: http://www.easybib.com/). To participate in this challenge we must refrain from embedded opinion: supported and cited facts only, fellow scholars!

3. You don’t have to write a paper (unless you are super nerdy like we are and enjoy that sort of thing), just answer the questions we give you in at least three sentences per question. Of course, you are more than welcome to share any fascinating tidbits you find in your quest for knowledge. If others share the same information as you, that’s ok! But let’s do our best to share different resources and knowledge so we can all grow together.

We’ll compile several of the juiciest Who's Who? challenge winners’ answers in a separate blog post, along with all the...

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Friday with Friends - October Round Up

Oct 30, 2017 7:13:00 AM

Friday with Friends - Our featured Friends in October!

Every Friday we share video/photos of our dance friends on our instagram page who are using DO in their dance journey! We are so proud of all of you and it warms our heart to see you all expressing your individuality and personality in this dance form we all love. 

Check out our featured friends below! And if you ever want to show us what you've been working on, just tag #daturaonline in your videos and pictures on instagram and you might be featured on our page!

@ritacarolinaap

ritacarolinaap

@megancaros

 megancaros

@jska__

jska

@sultanschoice

sultanschoice

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Datura Online Practice Group!

Oct 30, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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We've created a Datura Online Practice Group!

Want to find practice accountability buddies, share dance tips, and talk about belly dance? We've created a Datura Online Practice Group on Facebook for you!

This is a private group for Datura Online students to connect with friends and find accountability buddies.

Please share your experiences, inspiration, resources and information from your dance and art practice that you may find valuable to others in the DO community!

Keep subjects to topics relevant to Datura Online, dance practice, dance experiences, dance inspiration, and dance culture.

The posts in this group are only viewable to those who are members.

Guidelines for posting:

- We reserve the right to moderate any posts and remove anyone from this forum.

- Please do not include negative posts or complaints (i.e. posts that do not seek a constructive outcome). They will be removed. If you have questions about Datura Online or if you are having difficulty with your Datura Online account, don't hesitate to email us at our help desk.

- Anyone generating more than 3 posts in one week may be have their posts moderated to make room for a diversity of voices.

- You are welcome to comment on other posts as much as you like, of course.

- Event posting is restricted to events directly relating to Datura Online. Please no advertising.

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Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway

Oct 23, 2017 7:00:00 AM

 Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway! 

Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway

 

Get your makeup skills on!

It's one of our favorite times of the year and we want to see your makeup skills...go scary, beautiful, artistic, haunting...whatever you want to do as long as its BOLD and EXCITING for you! Impress us with your look and you may just win a fancy prize!

Here's how it works:

1. Come up with an exciting makeup look! It doesn't have to be belly dance; it can be whatever you want! We want you to explore your creativity.

2. Post a picture or video or yourself with your finished makeup look on instagram and/or Facebook with the hashtag #dropdeadgorgeous and #daturaonline.

3. Follow @thedaturaonline on instagram or Datura Online on Facebook.

4. Tag a friend to join in and get fancy with you!

 

The Drop Dead Gorgeous Giveaway ends on November 1st. On November 2nd we'll be granting three lucky winners a few prizes:

1. A gift certificiate to Sephora

2. OR a 6 month membership to Datura Online

3. OR a 3 month membership to Datura Online

Contest Terms & Conditions:

Contest ends November 1st, 2017 at 12 am PST. Winners are randomly selected and announced on November 2nd, 2017. Prizes are awarded by Datura Online. Winners do not get to choose their prizes. No purchase necessary to enter. May repost daily. No age or residency restrictions apply. Datura Online will comply with applicable rules and regulations governing the promotion/giveaway and all prizes offered. If a customer already has a Datura Online membership, Datura Online will give them a...

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The Community: Stage Fright

Oct 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

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This Edition: Stage Fright...

 Performance nerves

“If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?” - Stevie Nicks

The Community -


Welcome to the Datura Online Community, where we share our thoughts, tips, and resources together in one place!

Each month we ask the DO community a question here on the Datura Online blog and we want to hear your thoughts.

Q: This month's question has two parts: 1) Do you get stage fright? 2) If so, what do you do to combat it?

We'll feature responses from the Datura Online community right here in our blog. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Thanks for reading. Please post your stories about belly dance and the dance making process in the comments below or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

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Belly Dance Trailblazers: Mish Mish

Oct 4, 2017 9:50:00 AM

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Belly Dance Trailblazers: Mish Mish

We all know belly dance trailblazers...dancers who created their own belly dance path and had many adventures along the way. So many wonderful dancers have graced theater stages, restaurants, clubs, and cabarets over the years and we want to share their stories with you!

In sharing their history and stories we hope you will feel a connection to the dancers who came before us, be inspired to continue on your amazing dance journey, and have many exciting adventures!

Our first spotlight dancer is the beautiful Mish Mish.

Mish Mish

From Mish Mish in her own words ~ 
 
"It was 1970 when some friends invited me to go with them to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. I had never heard of it but got soooo excited!!! Give me any reason to dress up and get into some kind of drag!
 
I already had the perfect dress (15 yds of Burgundy velvet skirt with under hoops, neck and waist edged in baby pearls and a 6 ft pink chiffon train at the neck) which I originally wore when portraying a Romeo & Juliet skit at our friends Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Robbins Circus Wedding at Glide Memorial Church. This was all back in the days when I was doing some performances at the Palace Theater/Midnight Movies and Cockette shows in North Beach.
 
When we arrived at the Fairgrounds (the old original site in Marin, not Blackpoint) after parking they had buses that drove us to the entrance. It seemed like we were on a Magical Mystery Tour, what with everyone in traditional English dress and speaking o...
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